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Meaning: lion of God; God is might
There were two biblical men by this name:
the first of the judges (Joshua 15:17-18)
“He is the only judge mentioned connected with the tribe of Judah. Under him the land had rest forty years.
He was the son of Kenaz, younger brother of Caleb (Judges 3:8,9-11). His wife Achsah was the daughter of Caleb (Joshua 15:16,17; Judges 1:13). He gained her hand as a reward for his bravery in leading a successful expedition against Debir (q.v.).
Some thirty years after the death of Joshua, the Israelites fell under the subjection of Chushan-rishathaim (q.v.), the king of Mesopotamia. He oppressed them for full eight years, when they “cried” unto Jehovah, and Othniel was raised up to be their deliverer” (Matthew G. Easton / Edited by Paul S. Taylor).
“The Spirit of the Lord came upon Him” (Judges 3:10).
- Heldai's ancestor (1 Chronicles 27:15)—nothing else is known of him